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Top Choice Tapas in Viñales

Tres Jotas

Who knew that Viñales, long a bastion of cerdo asado (whole roast pig), also produces huge crayfish fresh from the Ancón River? For a reminder, pop into 3J's, a tapas bar cum restaurant cum cocktail lounge cum break…
Top Choice Beach in Parque Nacional Península de Guanahacabibes

Playa las Tumbas

If they gave out Academy Awards for Cuban beaches, Las Tumbas might just win, edging out Playa Sirena on Cayo Largo del Sur (too many tourists) and Playa Pilar on Cayo Guillermo (recently blemished by an ugly hotel)…
Top Choice Historic Site in Sierra de Güira

Hacienda Cortina

A grand crenelated entry gate a few kilometers west of San Diego de los Baños announces the surreal, long-abandoned grounds of Hacienda Cortina. The brainchild of wealthy lawyer José Manuel Cortina, this rich-man's-…
Top Choice Cuban in Viñales

Balcón del Valle

With three deftly constructed wooden decks overhanging a panorama of tobacco fields, drying houses and craggy mogotes, this aptly named restaurant (translation: Balcony of the Valley) has food that stands up to its …
Top Choice Cuban in Pinar del Río

Café Ortuzar

Slurp a coffee in the streetside cafe or gravitate to the elegant air-conditioned, two-floor interior for the city's best eating experience, where abstract pictures of the province's famous guajiros watch on while y…
Village in Parque Nacional Viñales

Los Aquáticos

A kilometer beyond the turn-off to Dos Hermanas and the Mural de la Prehistoria, a dirt road twists up to the mountain community of Los Aquáticos, founded in 1943 by followers of visionary Antoñica Izquierdo, who di…
Cave in Valle de Viñales

Gran Caverna de Santo Tomás

Welcome to Cuba’s largest cave system and the second-largest on the American continent. There are over 46km of galleries on eight levels, with a 1km section accessible to visitors. There’s no artificial lighting, bu…
Farm in San Juan y Martínez & San Luis

Vega Quemado del Rubi

The tobacco farm of Hector Luis Prieto is one of the most popular on the current Ruta del Tabaco circuit. In 2007, Prieto was Cuba's youngest ever winner of the prestigious Hombre Habano award given annually to the …
Italian in Viñales

La Dulce Vida

The 'sweet life' Spanish style is another successful Viñales take on Italian food and does noteworthy pasta dishes – just choose your pasta shape and your sauce. Backing it up are some Cuban staples. The small inter…
Mediterranean in Parque Nacional Viñales

La Carreta

A carreta is a simple oxen-drawn cart, but there's nothing basic about how this restaurant transports you up its steep steps and into the privileged pantheons of wonderful Cuban food laced with Mediterranean influen…